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Come closer, there are some amusing pictures for you that hide more than just a moment. Some of life’s situations just needed to be revealed. In this article, you can find pictures that have an interesting story behind them.

We at Bright Side love enigmas and new stories. Here you can find 11 photos that hide a small secret.

1. Tonya Harding and the broken lace

Tonya Harding is a former well-known American figure skater and retired boxer. Her career was scandalous. In the middle of her free skate routine at the Winter Olympics in 1994, she stopped and began to cry. The moment that you see in pictures was her telling the judges that her laces had broken and the replacements were too short.

2. Johnson’s quick succession as president on Air Force One after Kennedy’s assassination

Johnson was quickly sworn in as president just 2 hours and 8 minutes after John F. Kennedy was assassinated. In the rush, the bible was not on hand, so Johnson took an oath of office using a Roman Catholic missal from President Kennedy’s desk.

This picture is not just remarkable because it’s an important moment in history, but because it’s full of emotion and drama. Jacqueline Kennedy continued serving the state and is still in her legendary blood-soaked Chanel suit in the picture.

3. Golfers ignoring an erupting volcano

In 2018, the Kilauea Volcano started to erupt. Photographer Mario Tama heard that a golf course had a good viewpoint. It was such a big surprise to him how unfazed the golfers were, but to people who live in Hawaii, these events are a part of life.

4. A supposed special Unicode text

A man who was traveling by plane noticed a passenger nearby who was reading a newspaper. The most curious thing about it was the text after the title wasn’t legible. Along with the picture, he wrote, “What is going on with this newspaper page a man was reading on my flight?”

He posted this picture on Reddit and one of the users commented that it looked like an advertisement for an industrial art exhibit called “Open Codes Living in Digital Worlds”.

5. Secret subway ride

This was a special project for Redbook magazine about “the real Marilyn Monroe.” For one week, photographer Ed Feingersh followed Monroe through her daily routine everywhere in New York, taking photos the whole time. It was a story of the real person, not just an image of a “beautiful blonde”.

6. Secrets of Buckingham Palace: abdicating the throne for love

The couple that you see above is not a simple one. It’s Edward III who was King of the United Kingdom, and his wife, Wallis Simpson. He fell in love with her and wanted to get married, but the ministers were against it.

Edward had 3 options: give up the idea of marriage, marry against his ministers’ wishes, or abdicate. He chose love instead of the throne. “I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as King as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love,” he stated.

7. An endless line in McDonald’s

No, it’s not an Apple store during the release of a new iPhone. There’s no sale. It’s the economic crisis in Moscow in 1990. The public came to taste something new during the opening of the first McDonald’s.

It became a real sensation for the USSR! To get inside Mcdonald’s it was necessary to stand for several hours in line. On opening day, 30,000 visitors came to the restaurant. It was a record for the McDonald’s franchise!

8. The Oscar fall

It was the 85th Annual Academy Awards and actress Jennifer Lawrence got an Oscar just after tripping on the stairs leading to the stage. After some time in an interview, she opened up about the reason why it happened: “I kept thinking, cakewalk, cakewalk, cakewalk.”

But then she thought about why “cakewalk” had just stuck in her head and while walking up the stairs the fabric from the dress tucked under her feet. At this moment she realized her stylist had told her “kick, walk, kick, walk.”

9. Salvador Dalí and the 3 flying cats

American photographer Philippe Halsman met surrealist artist Salvador Dalí in New York City in 1941 and they started to collaborate. Later they came up with an idea to make a picture on a base with the work, Leda Atomica.

Halsman said that it took 28 attempts to succeed and be satisfied with the result. The picture was called Dali Atomicus and became an early example of the practice Halsman called, “jumpology”.

10. Flower power: now it’s time for all good men

In January 2005, the Ukrainian capital became the point of the movement’s campaign of civil resistance. This was one of the protests. A Ukrainian woman started to place flowers into the shields of anti-riot policemen.

11. The milkman and chaos all around

When we look at this picture now, it may seem weird that a happy milkman is going somewhere while there are ruins everywhere. But at that time during World War II, it was a part of daily life. The photo was taken by photographer Fred Morley and represents the fighting spirit of Great Britain in 1940. The milkman simply goes about with his daily business among the rubble in London.

Which photo did you like the most? Do you have a picture of your own that holds a small secret? Please, share your stories with us below!

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7 Hidden Messages in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” That Weren’t Meant for Kids

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Lewis Carroll’s tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland had an amazing influence on cinema, literature, and even psychology: movies and ballets were based on it, sequels and remakes were written. There is even a psychological disorder named after the main character: Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AWS). This seemingly innocent children’s story was the subject of heated discussions by scientists of the 20th century and even Freud talked about it. The point of the discussions was simple: was the tale written for children or for adults?

Bright Side has read the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Decoded” and tried to figure out which parts of the story can only be understood by adults.

1. Alice’s shrinking and growing is a sign of puberty.

When Alice ate a cake or drank a certain mixture, Alice would shrink or grow, and she was scared that she would disappear completely. While there were no actual reasons for the changes in her body in the text, scientists have 3 versions of what could have been the hidden meaning behind that episode:

  • Alice’s body changes in a similar way to how it would change as a teenager during puberty. Many people think that Carroll showed the puberty of the character. But why this idea may also be wrong is because Alice is only 7 years old and it is too young to be a teenager.
  • Astronomers link the character with the expanding Universe. According to one of the theories, the amount of matter in the Universe is constantly decreasing which will ultimately lead to its disappearance. Obviously, this is why the character was worried about shrinking so much that she would vanish.
  • Other people see an indication of hallucinogenic substances, which make people completely disoriented, just like Alice.

2. The pig the character has is an English King.

It is believed that the tale is an allusion to the War of the Roses that took place in England in the 15th century. This time period was full of scheming, betrayal, and there were a lot of chopped heads — just like in the tale.

Assuming the guess is correct, then baby that turned into the pig is a member of the White Rose. And more specifically, it was Richard III who had a sigil with a white boar. Shakespeare even wrote a play about it where he presented Richard in a very bad light.

3. The smell of pepper in the house of the Duchess hides the smell of bad food.

The tale casually mentions that the house of the Duchess smells a lot like pepper because the scullery was adding pepper to the soup. But it may have been a hint at the problem that the food at the time was peppered a lot, to kill the smell of rotten ingredients.

4. Alice is Eve, who becomes a sinner.

The adventures of Alice starts in a quiet garden. It was an idyllic place, green and quiet, and that’s why it reminds many people the Garden of Eden. But Alice doesn’t take an apple, she goes down the rabbit hole and goes into a world that gives rise to incredible changes in her. This theory seems to be pretty logical: children are innocent but when Alice went into the hole (took the apple), she entered the world of puberty, adult life, and became a sinner.

5. Keys, doors, and caterpillars are Freudian symbols.

When Freudian theories became very popular around the world, the tale of Alice turned out to be full of gynecological symbols. The fans of Freud managed to see the symbols in the doors that were hidden behind the curtains, and keys that open these doors. Of course, they couldn’t have missed Absolem — the giant caterpillar that looks like a you know what.

Even though this theory has life, it is not very believable, because people can see these symbols everywhere if they really want to.

6. Walrus and Carpenter are actually Buddha and Jesus.

This is the name of the poem that the twin brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum read to Alice. The poem tells the story about Walrus and Carpenter, that walk on the beach and call out for oysters to walk with them. The oysters go to the shore and Walrus and Carpenter eat them. Walrus then cries at the end.

There are several interpretations:

  • Walrus is a caricature of Buddha, and Carpenter is Jesus. For example, the character Loki from Dogma believes this. The logic is simple: Walrus is fat and happy, so he is Buddha or elephant Ganesha, and Carpenter is the direct reference to the profession of the father of Jesus.
  • J. Priestly is convinced that the poem is the story of England’s (Walrus) colonization of America (Carpenter).
  • There is a more violent interpretation. Some people believe that Walrus and Carpenter are politicians that kill the masses — the oysters.

7. The poem about the White Rabbit in chapter 12 uncovers the love mystery of Carroll himself.

Some researchers see the reference to the unusual connection between Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell that was the prototype of the main character. Here are the lines we are talking about:

He sent them word I had not gone

(We know it to be true):

If she should push the matter on,

What would become of you?

This is one of the most sensitive moments in the interpretation of the tale. Some people think that when the girl was supposed to come of age, the writer was going to marry her, but for some reason he had an argument with Mrs. Liddell and he never saw the members of the family since.

Do you want to read the tale now that you have some new knowledge about it in order to find some new hidden meaning? If yes, you can read the original manuscript written by Carroll himself here.

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What 20 Celebs Looked Like at the Start of Their Career

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Celebrities are usually known for their biggest successful works, but most of them stepped into the entertainment world with smaller roles. A lot of them have been in the industry for so long that we’ve forgotten what they looked like when they first started. Taking a look at some of their earliest works is indeed a blast from the past.

Bright Side looks into some of the earliest works from certain actors and is amazed at how much they have grown within the industry.

1. George Clooney

2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

3. Keanu Reeves

4. Brie Larson

5. Betty White

6. Leonardo DiCaprio

7. Drew Barrymore

8. Tom Hanks

9. Scarlett Johannson

10. Halle Berry

11. Harrison Ford

12. Denzel Washington

13. Reese Witherspoon

14. Angelina Jolie

15. Johnny Depp

16. Jennifer Garner

17. Robert Downey Jr.

18. Will Smith

19. Nicole Kidman

20. Sandra Bullock

Have you seen the early works of these celebrities before? Do you know what any other famous entertainers looked like when they first began their career?

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14 Examples of How Perfect Photos on Social Media Can Mislead Us

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Most Internet users tend to sugarcoat their lives, belongings, body shapes, etc. And Instagram is the perfect place to post these kinds of photos. It’s a world of successful, happy people who take colorful trips, make expensive purchases, and boast perfect bodies.

Bright Side found some “behind-the-scenes” photos of gorgeous shots from social media. Turns out, believing everything you see on the Internet is never a good idea.

1. A 3-minute smartphone photo session + 3 magic filters

2. The king of the road

3. It’s all about the right angle…

4. A popular festival on Instagram vs a popular festival in reality

5. Support is the real hero.

6. A dog can never spoil a shot.

7. Slightly added brightness

8. When summer starts, we see it on every other Instagram account.

9. The process of making up always finishes the same way.

10. Unicorns can be insidious.

11. Everyone wants a photo in a lavender field.

12. Bright cities in photos might not be as bright in real life.

13. Aboard a private jet

14. A fashionable breakfast

Do you edit your photos on social media to try to look better? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comments!

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